News Category: early childhood

Policy Brief: What Do We Know about Pre-K?

Oct. 15, 2015

Growing evidence from evaluations of state and local public pre-kindergarten (pre-K) programs across the country have demonstrated that effective pre-K programs can improve child outcomes. Studies suggest that high-quality pre-K programs produce both short- and long-term benefits for children, such as improved kindergarten readiness, reduced rates of grade retention, and less participation in special education programs.

CFRP Event 10/15: Screening of "The Raising of America" with Special Guest Dr. Libby Doggett

Sept. 3, 2015

The University of Texas at Austin
The LBJ School of Public Affairs | Bass Lecture Hall
Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

New Brief: Short-term Savings Associated with Texas Pre-K Nearly $142 Million Per Year

April 29, 2015

Recent analyses of data from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) show that economically disadvantaged children who attended a Texas public pre-kindergarten program (Texas pre-K) are less likely to be retained or participate in special education programs in first, second, or third grades.

CFRP at SRCD 2015

March 20, 2015

The Society for Research in Child Development is holding its biennial meeting this weekend in (not so sunny) Philadelphia. The event is an invaluable multidisciplinary forum for researchers to share and learn about the many facets of child development. CFRP's Dr. Kaeley Bobbitt (Saturday) and Abby Lane (Friday) are there now presenting some great posters, and they would love to talk to you if you're attending. Details are below.

KIDS COUNT: An Amazing Resource for Data About Kids

March 11, 2015

Last week, CFRP faculty and staff attended the Center for Public Policy Priorities’ (CPPP) release of the 2015 State of Texas Children report. CPPP is home to the Texas KIDS COUNT Project, the state level site of the national KIDS COUNT effort funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Post Event Wrap-up: Toxic Stress and Early Childhood

Nov. 18, 2014

Toxic Stress and Early Childhood: What Policy Makers and Funders Need to Know

Friday, November 14, 2014 - Texas State Capitol Auditorium & Legislative Conference Center

The Child and Family Research Partnership at The University of Texas at Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs, TexProtects, and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) co-hosted the event to inform policy makers, professionals, and academics about the impacts of early childhood adversity on physiological development.

Toxic Stress 101

Nov. 10, 2014

What is toxic stress? Go to our new Storify on the topic for invaluable resources and links to research, news articles, CFRP's toxic stress infographic and more at

Infographic - Toxic Stress: Here Today, Here Tomorrow

Nov. 10, 2014

Research shows that toxic levels of stress in early childhood can result in physiological changes that increase the risk of cognitive and physical developmental problems in adolescence and adulthood. The infographic below, "Toxic Stress: Here Today, Here Tomorrow" illustrates what toxic stress is and its impacts, and also highlights some findings in Texas. 

Special Event - Toxic Stress and Early Childhood: What Policy Makers and Funders Need to Know

Oct. 24, 2014

Toxic Stress and Early Childhood: What Policy Makers and Funders Need to Know

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm - Texas State Capitol Auditorium & Legislative Conference Center | 1100 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX

Emerging Scholars Pre-Conference Today at LBJ

April 25, 2014

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is collaborating with the University of Texas at Austin Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) to engage young, emerging scholars in conducting their best work on the broad topical question: How can we build economic self-sufficiency among working families and the disadvantaged, while simultaneously meeting the labor demand needs of employers, through policies and programs that increase labor market